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Sussex Countian
  • Georgetown fountain damaged by suspected drunk driver

  • Georgetown's iconic fountain, located on The Circle, is in need of serious repairs after an April 22 crash in which the driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
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  • Georgetown's iconic fountain, located on The Circle, is in need of serious repairs after an April 22 crash in which the driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
    According to the Georgetown Police Department, 26-year-old Nestor Ramirez of Seaford was observed by police at about 2:45 a.m. operating a vehicle at a high rate of speed on W. Market Street. Police said the vehicle entered The Circle, but failed to turn right and continued heading east. Police said the vehicle struck a curb and a fire hydrant, then stopped on The Circle after striking the fountain.
    Police said they could smell alcohol on Ramirez's breath, and he appeared to have received head injuries from the crash. He was transported to Beebe Medical Center for further evaluation.
    According to Lt. Lawrence Grose of the Georgetown Police Department, there is no mug shot of Ramirez available because he was transported to the hospital, rather than being taken into custody. Grose also said no charges would be filed until the results are returned of a blood test conducted on the day of the crash to determine whether Ramirez was indeed under the influence. Grose said he expects the results within the next two weeks.
    Grose said Ramirez has been charged with traffic violations in the past, including a 2009 driving while under the influence of alcohol charge. Ramirez does not have any criminal charges on his record, Grose said.
    The town is awaiting estimates regarding repairs associated with this crash, according to Town Manager Gene Dvornick. In addition to damaging the fountain, Dvornick said the driver also damaged the fire hydrant and a sign.
    Asked who will be responsible for paying for the repairs, Dvornick answered, "As with any accident, you start with the person responsible for the damage's insurance. The town didn't cause the accident."
    Dvornick said a local swimming pool company will repair the fountain's interior, and a local brick company will repair exterior damage.
    "I'm going to venture it'll be a few months because of necessary work that needs to take place within the fountain itself," Dvornick said. "The pool company is busy with [its summer] clients."
    The fountain is generally run during the spring, summer and fall months, and is turned off during the winter.

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